Odetta – Gonna Let It Shine – A Concert For The Holidays

13,50 7,26


On this Grammy nominated CD with special guest The Holmes Brothers, the incomparable folk and blues great, the late Odetta, the national treasure who marched with Dr. King, performed for Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, and inspired a young Bob Dylan, gives a superlative live performance on her CD Gonna Let It Shine: A Concert for the Holidays, a collection of spirituals.Recorded live in the music hall at New York City's Fordham University, the influential public radio station WFUV sponsored the evening's concert and the station's music director Rita Houston, hosted the show. The Holmes Brothers and pianist Seth Farber support Odetta on the 16 tracks, most of which are from the African American Christmas song tradition, with additional selections from the spirituals and prison song repertoire.

Track Listing:
1. Intro - 3:42   2. This Little Light of Mine - feat:The Holmes Brothers - 5:42   3. Rise up Shepard - 3:18   4. Mary Had a Baby - 2:30   5. What Month Was Jesus Born In - 1:44   6. Shout For Joy - 2:19   7. Virgin Mary Had One Son - 3:15   8. Down by the Riverside - feat:The Holmes Brothers - 4:04   9. Poor Little Jesus - 2:14   10. Freedom Trilogy: Oh, Freedom / Come & Go With Me / I(m On My Way - 6:29   11. Somebody Talking About' Jesus - 1:38   12. Keep on Movin' It On - 2:00   13. O Jerusalem - 3:31   14. If Anybody Asks You - 5:22   15. Midnight Special - 4:51   16. This Little Light of Mine - feat:The Holmes Brothers - 4:40


1. AllMusic - Richie Unterberger
Recorded live at Fordham University in New York City for a public radio broadcast, this spotlights the spirituals in Odetta's repertoire, including such standards as "Down by the Riverside," "Midnight Special," and "This Little Light of Mine." Other songs are more specifically related to the Christian religion, such as "Virgin Mary Had One Son," "Poor Little Jesus," and "O Jerusalem." It's thus not one of her more typical records, but she is in strong, soulful voice in this recording. The accompaniment is sparse but sympathetic, Odetta performing on vocals only, with bluesy pianist Seth Farber supplying the sole instrumental backing. The Holmes Brothers sing backup vocals on three tracks, but otherwise Odetta's carrying the show, the set leaning more toward low-key gospel than the folk music for which she's most known. For that and other reasons, it couldn't be said to be among the better Odetta records. But it's a satisfactory one, and one of those uncommon holiday records that stays true to the best and most respectful, uplifting spiritual qualities of Christmas, though the themes are universal enough for this to be enjoyed at other times of the year as well.

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